What I mean by that is do what works for you. We all look differently, feel differently, and think differently from one another, and what works for someone else may not work for you.
Sure, eating "clean" is the best way to go, but am I really going to die if I eat a Lean Cuisine? Am I really going to get cancer if I drink a Diet Dr. Pepper? You'll get more nutrients by eating whole, unprocessed foods, but if you can't sustain such a change long-term, what's the point?
Don't get me wrong, I don't think eating only processed, fat, high carb foods and never touching a fruit or vegetable is the route to take either. My personal goal is to incorporate more fruits and veggies while also never telling myself I can't have something. If I went without Baked Cheetos for even a week, I would crash and burn.
Some people hate counting calories, but it's working for me so far! Some people love counting carbs and never eating anything out of a bag or a box, but that's just not for me. I think it's really important for people to understand that what works for them, won't work for everyone.
I'm in no way telling people to stop giving weight loss advice or to give up a certain way of eating. I welcome any advice from any type of dieter, but it's not up to anyone to judge me for not following a certain lifestyle. I'm tired of hearing "Don't eat that! It's not good for you!" Sure, a bowl of broccoli cheddar soup may not be great for me, but it's not going to make me gain 10 pounds or put me in a coma.
I am the worst when it comes to reading things on the Internet. It's easy to tell yourself not to believe anything you read on this magical piece of technology, but after you read it enough, it's tough not to trust it. However, after reading many articles about clean eating vs. counting calories, I think I'm done. Even medical experts have differing opinions. One woman may have lost 200 pounds eating clean, while another woman lost 200 pounds by not limiting what she eats, but rather, how much she eats.
So, find what works for you! Don't deny yourself something you really want, or you will be miserable, trust me! Losing weight isn't just about being happy in the end, it's about being happy along the way!